Costa Rica: Lingu¨i´stico Conversa, Santa Ana
Centro Lingu¨i´stico Conversa is a language institute following the teaching methodology of the Peace Corps and the Foreign Service Institute and requiring no previous study or knowledge of Spanish. Conversa is dedicated to teaching Spanish and English as foreign languages. The program is offered in four-week sessions with intensive instruction for five to six hours per day entirely in Spanish. Classes have no more than four students, and students are taught by different instructors each week to strengthen their conversation and oral comprehension skills. Breakfast and lunch, which are provided on campus as part of the program, allow students to interact informally with other students and faculty.
Additional features: Individual tutorials on Saturday morning and additional conversation practice are available upon request. Conversa offers optional cultural excursions to museums and markets, with student discounts offered for weekend tours, such as white-water rafting, excursions to volcanoes, biological reserves, and private island tours.
Conversa is located in Santa Ana on a mountainside farm. Santa Ana is twenty minutes from the capital city of San Jose´ and is known for its mild climate, national parks, volcanoes, fine beaches, rain forests, and wildlife refuges.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.
The Republic of Costa Rica is a small country in Central America nestled between the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, north of Panama and south of Nicaragua. It is exceptional in that many environments can be visited within a short time. Rain forests, cloud forests, unspoiled beaches, coral reefs, white water rivers and volcanoes can be reached within a couple of hours by car from San José. Costa Rica is one of the few stable, democratic republics in Latin America.
The College Consortium for International Studies Intensive Spanish programs in Costa Rica are designed for students in the regular degree-seeking program as well as for business and professional people who seek to acquire or improve Spanish language skills in a short period of time. The program is offered in four-week sessions, and classes have no more than four students each. Students are taught by different instructors each week to strengthen their conversation and oral comprehension skills. Intensive instruction for five-and-one-half hours per day is entirely in Spanish, and individual tutorials on Saturday mornings and additional conversation practice are available upon request.